Langley RCMP seek specific witness to fatal crash on Oct. 29

Police are looking for the driver of a white van who witnessed the police-related crash that killed Victor Duarte on 16th and 240th

  • Nov. 13, 2012 10:00 a.m.

Langley RCMP is looking for the driver of a van just like this one pictured who witnessed the fatal crash that killed Delta father Victor Duarte at the intersection of 16 Avenue and 240 Street on Oct. 29.

Langley RCMP is looking for a potential witness of the fatal crash that killed Delta father Victor Duarte at the intersection of 16 Avenue and 240 Street on Oct. 29.

The Langley Traffic Unit is continuing their criminal investigation into the actions of the driver believed to have caused the fatal collision. Police describe that driver as a 27-year-old Chilliwack man. So far, he has not been charged.

Langley RCMP’s traffic unit has spoken to several witnesses already, but hopes to locate the driver of a white Chevrolet Express van with an industrial cargo rack on the roof. (see photo). This van is believed to have been in the immediate area at the time of the collision.

The driver of the pickup truck involved in the collision, a 27 year old Chilliwack man was injured in the crash and arrested at the scene, said police.

“Clearly this is a very tragic incident. Our Traffic Unit is fully engaged in the investigation,” said Supt. Derek Cooke, Officer in Charge of the Langley Detachment.

On Oct. 29, in response to complaints received in the area, Langley RCMP was conducting an enforcement project on 0 Avenue at 240 Street. The traffic unit was working with the assistance of the Automated License Plate Reader (ALPR).

The ALPR identified a passing vehicle, a dark green pickup truck, as being associated to a prohibited driver. That pickup was flagged down by officers and directed to stop so officers could validate the information from the ALPR, said Const. Craig van Herk.

The driver of the pickup initially followed the officers’ directions, but then drove off north bound on 240 Street from 0 Avenue.

Three minutes later that pickup was involved in a collision with two other vehicles at the intersection of 240 Street and 16 Avenue. Sadly, the driver of one of the other vehicles, Duarte, 47  died.

The Integrated Collision Analyst and Reconstructionist Services (ICARS) were called to the scene to assist  with the investigation. The Independent Investigations Office of BC (IIO) were also called in and continue their investigation regarding the police actions related to this incident, said Van Herk.

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